Death Penalty

  • Abolitionist Action Committee - The AAC is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

  • Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty - Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty is a non-profit organization, established in Melbourne, Australia, working for abolition of the death penalty worldwide by campaigning against government violations of international human rights laws and standards including the ultimate violation of the most fundamental universal human right- the right to life.

  • The Bible's Teaching on Capital Punishment - Created by Logos Christian Resources, online ministry with citations from Old
    and New Testament advocating Capital Punishment.

  • Campaign to End the Death Penalty - A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. CEDP publishes a newsletter called The New Abolitionist (free to prisoners).

  • Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty - CCAPD is s not for profit organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty. Site includes inmates currently on death row, executed prisoners, prison pen pals, upcoming execution dates, and those who have been exonerated, re sentenced, and released.

  • Catholics Against Capital Punishment - CACP strives to insure that members of the clergy and laypeople -- both Catholic and non-Catholic -- are aware of, and understand the seriousness of, Church teachings on capital punishment. It seeks to instill in elected officials the courage to resist the temptation to support the death penalty as a politically-expedient way of promoting themselves as "tough on crime."

  • Chicago Innocence Project - The Chicago Innocence Project investigates cases in which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, with priority to murder cases that resulted in sentences of death or life without parole. CIP involves college students, community residents, private investigators and journalists in the reporting process. Does not represent clients in criminal cases, but after our investigation is completed, outside counsel may bring new evidence of innocence to court. The fundamental goal is to expose and remedy wrongdoing by the criminal justice system.

  • Criminal Justice Legal Foundation - A California-based nonprofit public interest law organization dedicated to restoring a balance between the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused. Site includes summaries of recent cases of interest in California, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court, with index of amicus curiae briefs filed by CJLF.

  • Death Penalty Focus - Dedicated to abolishing capital punishment through grassroots organizing, media outreach, nationwide coalition building, and education of political and civic leaders and the public about the death penalty and its alternatives. Does not offer any legal services or become involved in individual legal cases.

  • Death Penalty Information Center - DPIC focuses on disseminating studies and reports related to the death penalty to the news media and general public covering subjects such as race, innocence, politicization, costs of the death penalty, and more. Most of their publications are freely downloadable from their website, or available for a small fee in printed format. Request a copy of their Resource Order Form, and also a current list of their publications concerning individual state death penalty issues.

  • - A grassroots anti-death penalty advocacy organization inspired by San Quentin, Ca death row inmates, their families, friends, and others interested in achieving social change through education of facts and issues regarding the death penalty.

  • Death Row Support Project - Offers pen-pal services to death row inmates only. Can connect Spanish-speaking pen-pals on a limited basis.

  • D.R.I.V.E. Movement - Founded by Death Row prisoners, the DRIVE movement seeks to unite the Death Row community to push forward and initiate change in the conditions. Through A group of passionate prisoner activist who have put aside all barriers of ethnicity, creed, color and beliefs, to focus on the injustices forced upon us by this system. Resists by means of inner-resistance, outer-petition drives, direct actions, and hunger strikes.

  • Fight the Death Penalty in the US - This website is dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty in the USA.

  • The Habeas Corpus Resource Center - HCRC, located in San Francisco, provides counsel to represent indigent men and women under sentence of death in California. The HCRC's mission is to provide timely, high-quality legal representation for indigent petitioners in death penalty habeas corpus proceedings before the Supreme Court of California and the federal courts.

  • - A resource for voters, legislators, students, and others interested in the Illinois experience with capital punishment. Site includes articles, tools, and downloads.

  • International Justice Project - The International Justice Project works towards the development, coordination and increased employment of international law and human rights standards as they pertain to capital punishment.

  • KCADP - The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

  • Moratorium Campaign - Not-for-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to obtaining a moratorium on the death penalty internationally.

  • Murder Victims for Family Reconciliation - Our mission is to abolish the death penalty by organizing murder victims' families and families of the executed to become an effective voice opposing the death penalty. We also educate the victims' community and the larger public about the issues surrounding the death penalty and activate communities to work for abolition of the death penalty.

  • National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - Publishes "Lifelines", a quarterly newspaper about what's going on in the struggle for death penalty abolition. Does not offer legal resources.

  • Ohio's Death Row - Resources related to Ohio's Death Row. Includes information about the history of, procedures used, current and past inmates, etc.

  • Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - OCADP was founded in 1987. It consists of organizations, individuals, human rights groups, and faith-based organizations. These organizations understand the death penalty to be part of the cycle of violence, and are working toward its abolition. Our members are people from all walks of life and many religious and secular traditions. We work together towards the abolition of the death penalty in Oklahoma through non-violent means. OCADP sponsors ongoing educational campaigns, research, and demonstrations against the death penalty.

  • The Other Death Penalty Project - A national, grassroots, organizing campaign founded and managed by life without the possibility of parole prisoners with the goal of ending the other death penalty. Through peaceful, nonviolent activism, the Project hopes to join in the death penalty abolition movement to end ALL forms of the death penalty, including death by incarceration.

  • Pro-Death - A site developed as a resource for those searching the internet for pro-death penalty information and resources. Capital punishment is a topic that brings up deep emotional reactions for those on both sides of the issue and conflict for those who are undecided how they feel. We have developed a database of the victims of death row inmates. Most similar databases list the inmate, with very little, if any, information about their victims. Our database is indexed by the name of the victim. Currently, it contains over 1800 names of victims. There are over 3500 inmates currently on death row, and many have multiple victims so the database will eventually contain about five times as many names as it currently has.

  • Religious Tolerance: Death Penalty - Site dealing with the execution of criminals found guilty of having committed serious crimes. This used to be a universal practice. Most democracies in the world have abandoned the death penalty. The U.S. and Japan and South Korea are the only exceptions. No matter what your beliefs are, you will certainly see material with which you strongly disagree.

  • Southern Center for Human Rights - The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama only, and also publishes a Parolee Handbook, which serves as a guide the parole consideration process for people in Georgia's prisons. SCHR also publishes The Georgia Advocacy Handbook, a 46 page manual which helps explain the hierarchy in the GDC and how to maneuver within in it. Through this handbook families and friends of people incarcerated in Georgia will learn how to become advocates and implement appropriate and effective steps to resolve problems inside Georgia prisons.

  • Stop Capital Punishment NOW - Stop Capital Punishment Now! is an Internet based initiative attempting to achieve total abolition of the death penalty in all countries of the world and particularly in the United States of America. We believe that the taking of a human life is morally and ethically wrong. We believe that the premeditated killing by the state of its own citizens is barbaric and reprehensible.

  • TCASK - The Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing has 4,000 members and six chapters across the state in Memphis,
    Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Rutherford County, and a chapter at Middle Tennessee State University. TCASK
    public activities include rallies and vigils, educational forums, speakers’ bureaus, lobbying work, letter writing campaigns,
    and fundraising events. In 2006, TCASK hosted its first Justice Day on the Hill, bringing together over 60 Tennesseans from
    across the state to lobby their legislators about the death penalty.

  • Texas Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty - The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a grassroots
    Texas organization comprised of individuals and groups who work to end the death penalty in all cases, everywhere. We are
    an inclusive organization composed of human rights activists; death row prisoners and their families; crime victims and their
    families; persons working within the criminal justice system; persons opposed to capital punishment on religious and moral
    grounds; and other concerned citizens opposed to capital punishment.

  • Texas Defender Service - TDS is a private, non-profit law firm recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Founded in 1995, TDS's mission is to help improve the quality of representation afforded to indigent Texans charged with a capital crime or under sentence of death. The firm's activities include: Directly representing death row inmates at all levels of the appellate process, concentrating primarily on representation in state and federal habeas corpus appeals.

  • Texas Moratorium Network - Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a grassroots, non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. It has about 10,000 members, about 85 percent of whom are in Texas with the rest in other U.S. states and in other countries. To accomplish its goal, TMN is engaged in various educational and outreach projects and works closely with other groups devoted to human rights and criminal justice reform, including other non-profit organizations, churches and synagogues, civic organizations and student groups.

  • The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - WCADP seeks to abolish the death penalty. We work to educate the public, advocate through activities in the community, and inform political leaders. WCADP fulfills its mission by: Providing newsletters, other
    written resources, and an active Speaker's Bureau; Coordinating anti-death penalty activities across the State of Washington;
    Working with the media; Educating the Legislature; and Supporting Washington State death row prisoners.

  • Wesley Lowe's Pro-Death Penalty Homepage - Po-death penalty essay addressing arguments re: deterrence, cost, racism, DP vs LWOP, morality, Christianity, constitutionality, and risk of wrongful executions.

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